Patriots Intrigued By Danny Watkins Jim McIsaac/Getty Images Watkins (center) during his time with the Eagles. The New England Patriots would love to solidify their offensive line, especially since the team boasts a mediocre receiving corps at best and projects to be focusing heavily on the running game in 2013. One player that the Pats are currently exploring to shore up that line is Danny Watkins, as per NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora. The Canadian native was selected No. 23 overall in the 2011 draft, but never panned out as a right guard along the Philadelphia Eagles front. He was released on Saturday after a tumultuous tenure with the club. New England is no stranger to reclamation projects and has often taken chances on cast-offs from other teams. The 28-year-old has been playing organized football for less than seven years and didn’t come near his ceiling during his two seasons with Philly. If head coach Bill Belichick is willing to give him a chance at left guard, Watkins could pay dividends on a low-risk investment.